Students enjoy creating and completing flipbooks for the simple machines. The flipbooks encourage critical thinking, experimentation, and connections to everyday life.
We are lucky to be a K-12 school and have access to and borrow from the shop. We were able to borrow a hammer, nails, screws, bolts, and a block of wood for some experiments with wedges and levers!
We have also been completing a booklet for this unit. Each simple machine has four pages dedicated to it, including a page with a labelled picture and definition. Students complete their work using research from our app (Epic!) and online (Pebble Go) resources. Obviously, I have been modeling how to use these resources to learn about something, use glossaries, and find answers to specific questions.
We also have a puzzle available for students to complete - during social time, indoor recesses, or for early finishers.
Check out my simple machines package for more activities and assessments!